“Ewa” means Beans in yoruba language while “Agoyin” is a term used to describe people from neighboring countries such as Benin republic “Cotonu” and Togo, who came into Nigeria to settle as far back as in the sixties hence the name Ewa Agoyin which simply means “Beans of the agoyin people”. it’s not uncommon to find “Agoyin” women carrying their iron pots on their heads hawking “Ewa Agoyin” on the streets of Lagos where they are mostly found. They made beans and sauce so sweet, that even those who don’t eat out are unusually drawn to the dish after a taste.
|ewa agoyin hawker|
Ewa agoyin is simply Mashed beans with palmoil based pepper sauce. The sauce (which is the “Koko”of the dish) is basically prepared with blended dry pepper, onion and palmoil and the combination of these results in a tasty sauce with a spicy, earthy taste.
|ewa agoyin sauce|
On my street foodie waka recently, i came across Silifat an Ewa Agoyin hawker. After buying a large bowl of the dish, i asked her for the recipe and tips on making my Ewa agoyin taste like hers especially the sauce. She hesitated for a while but after much persuasion, she reluctantly give me the list of ingredients and the procedure as listed below.
|Ewa “Beans”- Mashed|
• Salt to taste
|ewa agoyin and Agege bread hawker|